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A budding high school football star lost his life and five others were injured in a Delaware car accident on April 12, 2012, after the 2000 Dodge Durango driven at a high speed by the player’s friend hit the median and rammed into another vehicle. Three days before this incident, a crash caused by reckless driving damaged three cars in Dover and injured 10 people. A week later, a severe collision of two cars resulted in injuries to five and closed a section of Newport Gap Pike for the traffic for hours together. In February, two separate incidents of reckless driving claimed lives of two women in Wilmington and Harbeson. Last June, a 79-year-old died and two others were seriously injured in a three vehicle crash caused by improper lane change near Millville. In July 2011, a driver ran a red light at a Seaford intersection, causing collision of four cars and resulting in seven injuries.
According to the 2010 Annual Traffic Statistical Report published by Delaware State Police, there were 20,697 auto accidents, including 94 fatal crashes in the state in 2010 resulting in 103 deaths, 8,000 injuries, and economic loss worth $443 million. The average mileage death rate in Delaware was 1.12 in 2010, with one crash reported every 25 minutes. Middle-aged drivers, between 25 and 50 years, were responsible for the highest number of crashes and causalities followed by youthful drivers below the age of 25.
Alcohol consumption or DUI accounted for 39 percent of crashes and 41 percent of fatalities while speeding contributed to 25 percent of Delaware car accidents. Out of the total 103 people killed in auto accidents in 2010, 16 percent were under 21 years. One in every 25 licensed drivers in the state found to be involved in a traffic crash.
New Castle County led the number with 13,841 reported crashes and 48 deaths. Sussex witnessed 3,841 accidents and 31 deaths while there were 3,015 crashes and 24 deaths in Kent County. Rural areas accounted for more accident fatalities compared to cities and towns.
Delaware traffic accidents cause one injury in every 66 minute and one death in every 85 hours. While wrongful death is the most serious consequence, drivers and passengers also suffer from a range of serious and nonserious injuries. You can file a lawsuit in consultation with your Delaware accident lawyer to claim compensation for the following injuries.
Delaware accident lawsuit compensation is awarded based on "modified comparative fault." If the court finds that the plaintiff is responsible partly for the accident for which he has sought compensation, it orders for deduction of your liability, which is determined on the basis of percentage of fault, from the compensation. However, if the comparative fault of the plaintiff is 50 percent, he is not entitled to any award. There are instances where plaintiffs have secured more than $1 million compensation with the support of able Delaware accident lawyers.
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